As I was fishing off the west end the wife and family were off catching crabs and digging for clams. To be honest, it was amazing to see them do this. To think that we could just roll up and jump into the water and catch food amazed me. Below is a list of the Bounty’s of the Sea that we caught and ate.
- Blue Crab – This is by far my wifes favorite thing to do. Tie a drumstick to a string and toss it in the water. Wait to “feel” something tugging / eating the bait and then start slowly reeling it in. It takes real finesse to land these, If they “see” you then they scamper off back into deeper water.
- Rock Crab – Another interesting venture is digging for rock crabs. These guys are bigger then the blue crab but tend to live in burrows under the water. searching for them is incredibly tedious and after hours of searching we only landed 2 of them. Still, they do taste good.
- Clams – Holy moly, I don’t think I have ever seem so many clams in my life. just using a hand rake to dig in the shells produced 5-10 good sized clams that were edible. And that was just one small hole!
- Shrimp – Yup, Bite size shrimp are just swimming around the coves WAITING for someone to throw a cast net in and scoop them up. Yes they are on the small size, but they go good in fried rice and several other dishes our family makes.
- Fish – This is the activity I like the most. Fishing. There are several spots across the Island that produce some good eating fish. One is the OIB Pier, get there early enough and you can catch Trout or Cobia off the coast.
There are many other edible things around the island, far more then I expected. With a little work and research you can eat very well from the bounty’s OIB has to offer.